We love to show our visitors unique places to visit during peak seasons in Gatlinburg! With springtime fast approaching, we’re revealing some of the most beautiful areas in and around Gatlinburg to catch a glimpse of the breathtaking mountain scenery, Appalachian wildlife, and those striking views you just can’t find anywhere else. If you are planning a spring vacation to the Smokies, you don’t want to miss these signature spots!
Hiking Mt. LeConte is a favorite trail for hikers all year long, but in the spring, the trail will be flourishing with lush greenery, wildflowers, and native wildlife. On your way up the mountain, make a stop by LeConte Lodge to enjoy the rustic charm of one of the area’s most popular destinations in the park. Featuring spectacular views, traditional accommodations, and hearty meals to satisfy any appetite, the LeConte Lodge is a peaceful place to rest on your journey to the top of Mt. LeConte. This is a perfect place to view the surreal springtime beauty of the Smoky Mountains.
Cades Cove is beautiful all year long, but in the spring, you will be treated to verdant views that can only be enjoyed once a year. Wildflowers, horses, bears, deer, elk, and various other species of plant and wildlife will be covering the ground, which will be blanketed in green and full of color. The exquisite mountain views will exude the true spirit of Spring in the Smoky Mountains. Travelers can enjoy the majesty of Cades Cove on an auto tour, bike ride, or horseback ride through the area.
For a fun day out with the family, Mynatt Park is a local park situated in the center of downtown Gatlinburg. Located near the Park Vista Hotel on Historic Nature Trail, Mynatt Park is the perfect place to take the kids for a day outdoors. You can picnic on a park bench, play a round of basketball on the courts, strike up a game of tennis, take a walk on the trail, or have a blast with the kids on the playground.
Rainbow Falls is an exciting trail that allows travelers to enjoy a magnificent cascading waterfall. The “Rainbow” in Rainbow Falls can be seen on sunny afternoons when the sunlight hits the mist produced by the waterfall just right. This hiking trail is considered moderately difficult so strap up your boots and get goin’ so you can see this stunning waterfall in person! The trailhead for Rainbow Falls is located in the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.